One of the reasons for this is due to the fact that many of us sit down for large periods of the day. When we sit our hips are flexed and are gluteal muscles become lengthened and weak.
Gluteal weakness can contribute to knee, hip and back problems. Research has shown that people with pain at the front of their knees had significantly reduced pain after completing 6 weeks of gluteal strengthening exercises.
The side lying bridge is one of my favourite gluteal strengthening exercises. Lay on the floor with the leg you want to exercise uppermost. Wrap some Theraband around your thighs quite tight and lift up your top leg to activate the gluteus medius and minimus muscles.
Then push your heel of your upper leg into the wall to activate your gluteus maximus muscle whilst maintaining the previous position and tension in the band . Hold this position for 30-60 seconds and you will feel all your gluteal muscles working.
“I graduated at the University of Huddersfield, obtaining a 1st class BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Since then I have specialised in Musculoskeletal Medicine, obtaining both a Masters Degree (MSc)...